| A GOOD CAUSE: WATER BY NUMBERS
The ChopShop has teamed up with WellDone to provide clean water to those throughout the developing world who need it most – one awesome t-shirt at a time. The designers at Chop Shop worked closely with the WellDone team to highlight the various facets of the global water crisis through the visualization of 27 striking water statistics. The icons paint a picture that remind us that we must both conserve earth’s most precious resource, while working to improve clean water access to those most in need. Never has looking this good, done so much good.
Available for men on American Apparel Asphalt or Alstyle Charcoal. Sizes range from SML to 3XL. Available for women on American Apparel Asphalt sizes SML-2XL. All proceeds from the sale of this item will be donated to welldone.org. As an added bonus, the key to the numbered icons are printed on the inside back of the tee below the label.
Special thanks goes to Quist Industries for donating all the printing and therefore making each sale that much more effective. Quist does a large amount of Chop Shop’s printing and is always top notch. They are like the Apple Computers of tshirt screen printing. Check out their site at quistindustries.com, which also happens to be a Chopping Block production.
LET’S BUILD SOME WELLS!
As graduates fresh out of college, the members of wellDone traveled to Africa duringthe Summer of 2005, during which they observed the criticalneed for safe drinking water in communities throughout ruralGhana. Wanting to make a difference they launched WellDone with one goal: funding, constructing,and the long-term managing of six wells in villages throughoutrural Ghana. See the chart below for the costs associated with the drilling of a single community well.
That number is actually less costly than the installation of just one industrial sized cappuchino machine you normally see at many cafes like Starbucks. Not a very difficult number to reach through the sale of a single tshirt design. Your purchase of one tee is quite literally one step toward the reaching of that goal.
WHAT WELLDONE DOES
Excerpted from WellDone’s Vision PDF.
First, we strive to shift the global community’s perception of water. We believe all meaningful, lasting change begins with individual awareness, an awareness that ultimately translates into the personal choices individuals take, the manner of conduct by which businesses operate, and the policies that governments and municipalities enact. We hope to be a leading voice that initiates such a change – a voice that resonates among the general public and stirs up a much needed global awareness on the critical water issues that imminently face our generation and threaten our planet.
Secondly, we strive to practically ground ourselves in the most immediate global water issue of all, the work to bring clean drinking water to communities without access to this life-sustaining resource. The reality of communities lacking a clean water supply is that of thousands of children dying on a daily basis due to water-related disease. We believe that access to clean drinking water is fundamental in the fight against poverty, hunger, and sickness in the developing world, and we work towards providing clean water for those throughout the world in need of this critical resource.
WELL DRILLING IN WEST AFRICA
To date, this program has seen through the implementation of six clean water wells in rural Ghana, with expansion into Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso expected for 2010.
SMALL SCALE WATER ENTERPRISE IN INDIA
WellDone seeks to explore opportunities to scale clean water solutions in an urban and peri-urban context through sparking and supporting local entrepreneurship.
STORAGE SOLUTIONS IN KENYA
WellDone has partnered with local organizations to provide storage solutions for the Hamza ward of Nairobi and for schools in the Mathare Valley, one of the largest informal settlements in the world.
STUDENT LEADERS PROGRAM
Several student leaders are currently pioneering the launchof clubs throughout high schools in Southern California, challenging andempowering their peers to meaningfully address the global water issuesof our generation.
WATER FOR WATER
Through the pledges of local waterusers, financial savings from targeted water reductions are applied towardsthe implementation of clean water projects abroad. Addressing the opposing ends of the global water crisis… wasteful use here at home versus lack of access abroad.
A FEW OF THE ICONIC STATS
1% of the Earth’s water is fit for human consumption.
8 is the number of dollars returned on a $1 investement in sanitation / water.
25% of Africa suffers from inadequate water supply.
It takes an average of five hours for a young girl to fetch water instead of attending school.
2,000 is the possible number of people served by a single manually-pumped borehole.
8,000 is the typical cost in US dollars for a single clean water well in Ghana, Africa